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Judge Orders Three Early Voting Days Restored In Ohio

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Also Contributing: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jun. 11, 2014 3:44 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 4:24 PM EDT
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Columbus , Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal judge is ordering Ohio's elections chief to restore the final three days of in-person, early voting in the swing state.

The order comes in a long-running dispute over the days. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and Democrats filed a lawsuit in 2012 against the state's elections chief over an Ohio law that cuts off in-person early voting for most residents three days prior to Election Day.

The law makes an exception for military personnel and Ohio voters living overseas. Democrats claimed that was unequal treatment, and everyone should have the chance to vote on the three days.

A federal judge agreed Wednesday and issued a permanent order calling for Secretary of State Jon Husted to set uniform hours on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern responded to the news.

“All along, we believed the actions of the Republican-controlled legislature, Secretary of State Husted and Governor Kasich were unconstitutional; and yet again, a federal judge has agreed. This ruling shows how important these last three days are to ensure equal access to the ballot, and the hours set by Secretary Husted should reflect that," Refern said in a statement. “The Ohio Democratic Party has never lost one of these cases in our fight to protect voting rights for all Ohioans. It's time Jon Husted and John Kasich set aside their partisan loyalties and embrace voting rights.”

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